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  • COVID-19 - Government of Jordan response

Government of Jordan response to coronavirus, COVID-19

To help businesses overcome the challenges created by this health crisis, the Government of Jordan issued several defense orders for those seeking relief. Read more below.

The Cabinet of Jordan has decided to proclaim the Defense Law Number (13) for the year 1992, taking effect across the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as of 17 March 2020.

Defense orders publications by date of issue:

  • Defense Order No. 1 of 2020

On March 19, 2020, the prime minister issued the Defense Order No. 1 of 2020, which includes suspending some provisions of the Social Security Law No. 1 of 2014 and replacing them with this Order. Download the PDF

  • Defense Order No. 2 of 2020

On March 20, 2020, The prime minister issued Defense Order No. 2 to close all unessential business and declared public holiday starting from March 21, 2020. Download the PDF

  • Defense Order No. 5 of 2020

On March 30, 2020, The Government announced that all periods and deadlines necessary to take any action with any ministry, government department shall be ceased to apply with defense law no. 5 and is effective from March 18, 2020. Download the PDF

  • Defense Order No. 6 of 2020

On April 08, 2020, the Prime Minister issued Defense Order No. 6 stipulating labor rights in Jordan Law. Download the PDF
Instructions No. 1 of Defense Order No. 6 Download the PDF
Instructions No. 2 of Defense Order No. 6 Download the PDF
Instructions No. 3 of Defense Order No. 6 Download the PDF
Question and answer guide Download the PDF
Habayeb Advocates and Legal Consultants opinion on Defense Law No. 6 - English / Arabic
Announcement No. 7 of Defense Order No. 6 Download the PDF (Announced June 2, 2020)
Habayeb Advocates and Legal Consultants opinion on Announcement No. 7 - English / Arabic

  • Defense Order No. 9 of 2020

On April 17th, 2020, The Government of Jordan issued Defense Order No. 9 to support employees, employers, daily wage workers. Download the PDF
Summary of Defence Order No. (9) - by Adel Habib & Co.
Social Security - Defence Order (9)

Please note that as of May 6, 2020, the Government of Jordan ceased to receive new applications from all working sectors through the social security corporation and hemayeh.jo but will continue to support and accept applications from all sectors who still can’t work or are working partially.

  • Defense Order No. 10 of 2020

The Government of Jordan issued Defense Order no. 10 which allows entities to defer submission of their tax returns for 2019 to the Income and Sales Tax Department until 30 June 2020. Download the PDF


Central Bank Initiatives to Support Economic Sectors

The Central Bank of Jordan announced a set of procedures aimed to contain the repercussions of the emerging Corona virus impact on the national economy.

On March 19th, 2020, the Central Bank of Jordan announced that checks returned for financial reasons for the period March 18, 2020, until March 31, 2020, will not be charged commissions for returning checks. View

On April first, The Central Bank of Jordan decided to postpone the credit facilities installments granted to the economic sectors clients (companies and individuals) affected by the spread of the Coronavirus. Download the PDF

On April 5, 2020, the Central Bank of Jordan Injects additional liquidity to the banks with an amount of 500 million dinars. Download the PDF

The loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll and other relief options. It includes payments deferrals and rate reductions. You can find loan details and forgiveness in the PDF below:
On April 12, 2020, view the statement issued by the association of banks. 
On April 14, 2020, the Central Bank of Jordan published guidance on loan details and forgiveness.
On April 27, 2020, the Central Bank of Jordan published a circular to banks 


Ministry of Industry & Trade publications

On April 3, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade published the procedures for holding the general assembly of public shareholder companies for 2020. Download the PDF

On April 9, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade published the procedures for organizing and conduct of the general meeting of shareholders of the companies. Download the PDF


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